Yamdrok Tso Turquoise Lake Trek
11 Days •
- Trip Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days
- Group size: 1-20 Pax
- Ends in: Kathmandu
- Departure City: Lhasa
- Max Altitude: 5100m
- Activities: Sightseeing/Tour/Trekking
Yamdrok Lake is a freshwater lake in Tibet, it is one of the three largest sacred lakes. It is over 72 km long. The lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and is fed by numerous small streams. The lake does have an outlet stream at its far western end. Tour and hike round Yamdrok, you can visit not only the natural sightseeing, but also culture and people on Tibet.
The Yamdrok Tso Turquise lake trekking itself begins in Langthang Dewachen village, south of Lhasa at the distance of 120Km, and ends in the Rongpa Dza monastery in Yamdrok lake area from where you will be picked by our tourist vehicle. Trekking around lake Yamdrok takes you to beautiful Yamdrok lake, beautiful Karmaling and Bachoe grassland with a full of Yak and sheep owned by the local Tibetan nomads around Yamdrok area. You will visit very isolated small monasteries and the monks in the monasteries are very welcoming and friendly. You will also see many small ponds and wild animals beneath the snow capped mountains. Tibet Travel by tourist vehicle and drive to the Everest base camp from Tibet side through beautiful snow-capped Himalayan mountain range and high mountain passes, lots of Tibetan villages and nomad camps. Excursion to Mount Everest and enjoy seeing the most impressive view of the world's highest snow mountain. Continue the Tibetan trekking and drive back to Lhasa.
Day 01: Arrive Lhasa and transfer to Hotel.
Our guide will assist you to check in Tibet with your permit at Lhasa airport. After completion of immigration formalities, you will be dropped to your hotel. The distance between airport to Lhasa city where you hotel is located is 65km, 1 hrs drive is required.
Day 02: Lhasa full day sightseeing [B]
Full day guided tour in Lhasa. In the morning visit Potala, which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet, and later expanded and served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas as well as the religious-political nexus of traditional Tibet? In the afternoon visit Jokhang monastery, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where thousands of pilgrims come for worship every day. The temple, built in 647, is the earliest wood-and-masonry structure still existing in Tibet. Walk on the Barkhor street surrounding Jokhang, a big free market with its prolific stalls for selling local specialties.
Day 02: Lhasa full day sightseeing [B]
It is another full day sightseeing in Lhasa, In the morning visit Drepung monastery the sacred land of Gelug Sect., which was established in 1416 and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lama once resided in. Afterwards visit Norbulinka, the summer residence of the Dalai Lamas. In the afternoon visit Sera monastery, which was created in 1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. As rose are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called “the court of wild rose”. Today still 200 lamas live in there. The "Buddhism Scriptures Debate" in Sera is very famous.
Day 04: Lhasa-Zhatang Temple-Langthang Dewachen (3,900 meters)
From this day, we begin the tour to Yamdrok Lake. After breakfast, we drive from Lhasa to Zhanang County for about one and a half hour. Along the way, you can see Yarlung Tsangpo River. Zhanang County is famous for Zhatang Temple with exquisite frescos in it. The temple has a history of more than one thousand years. It was built by Dasrkpa Ngonshe, who was one of the 12 saints in Zhanang County, in the 11th century. The temple is lesser known but the frescos have a high esthetic value of arts and attracts visitors to come. After visiting the temple, we will continue our drive to Chedishol. However, the road condition will be a bit challenging after Chedishol and we will drive on a dusty road for about 25 km. Finally we will reach Langthang Dewachen, the starting point for the next day’s trekking.
Day 05: Langthang Dewachen-Eagle Nest-Lhamachen (4,800 meters)
Today is the first day of our trekking. First we trek along Kangon and Jiekang villages for about half an hour after breakfast. Then we will go across a small bridge and go through a small gorge until we reach the herders camp. Start from the camp, we continue to turn left in the valley and head toward the Eagle Nest. After a lunch at Eagle Nest, we will continue to trek steep up in the valley. Along the way, you can see a variety of animals including blue ship, snow chicken, foxes and wolves. Also, since it is a rocky trail, you can collect some rocks and make rock piles like Mani Stone. It is a funny game to compete with other trekkers to see who build the tallest rock pile. The winner can win some presents. The final destination for today is Lhamachen with an altitude of 4,800 meters. You can adjust the pace according to your physical situation. Normally the whole trek will take about 6 hours
Day 06: Lhamachen-Jeshul La (5,000 meters)-Kangru Monastery-Yamdrok Lake (4,470 meters)
After a good rest, today will be the second day of the trek and we will get to Yamdrok Lake at last. After the breakfast, we continue by ascending to the Jeshul La Pass (5,000 meters) for about 3 hours trek. From the top, you can see the amazing view of Yamdrok Lake and Kurla Gangri Mountain located between the boarder of Tibet and Bhutan. Then we will go down to the herders camp and have lunch there. After the lunch, we will continue trekking for another one hour until we reach Kangru Monastery, a small but ancient monastery on the way to Yamdrok Lake. There are only 13 monks and 10 nuns in the monastery and the chatting experience with them is very impressive. The trek will lead you beautiful villages in Kangru and Kangmar. Villagers there lead a very simple and old life style and you have the chance to know the traditional life of Tibetans. Our campsite will be set on the huge grassland around Yamdrok Lake, where many horses, yaks and sheep graze on. You can take a closer look at the wild animals and enjoy the natural beauty with easy minds.
Day 07: Darktso-Taglung monastery-Ralung Monastery-Gyantse (3,950 meters)
Today will finish the Yamdrok Lake trekking and start our new driving toward Gyantse, a newly tourism city with old town and Pelkor Chode Monastery, Kumbum Stupa and Dzong fortress. Along the way, you will visit Taglung Monastery in Taglung Town and Ralung Monastery in the south of Karola Glacier. Taglung Town is a marketing town between Gyantse and Lhoka City. At summer, it holds trade fairs attended by Tibetan local merchants and Bhutanese merchants. Taglung Monastery is the branch monastery of Dorje Drak, the famous Nyingmapa monastery in Tibet. There is a huge Guru Rinpoche’s statue standing in the main hall and decorated with many beautiful wall paintings from 15th century. Ralung Monastery is the seat for Drukpa Kagyu. It was first built by Tsangpa Gyare (the first Gyalwang Drukpa, who is the disciple of the founder of Drukpa Kagyu) in the 12th century. After visiting the monasteries, we continue the drive to Gyantse and will see Karola Glacier (5,020 meters) and NojingKangsang glacier along the way.
Day 08: Gyantse-Pelkhor Monastery-Shigatse (4,000 meters)
Gyantse has so many things to explore. This day we will visit Pelkhor Monastery, which is built from 1427 to 1437. Pelkhor Monastery consists stupas, zhacangs, and temples. The most famous stupa is Kumbum stupa which has 5 storeys in the base and a total 9 tiers at the height of 40 meters with 180 gates and 76 chapels. It is also called “Ten Thousand Buddha Pagoda” for it has numerous Buddha statues, sculptures and frescos. Pelkhor Monastery is the only religious art museum in China combining architectures, paintings and sculptures and shared by three Tibetan Buddhist Sect Kadampa, Gelugpa and Sakyapa. After visiting Pelkhor Monastery, you can walk around Gyantse Old Town and we will drive to Shigatse then for about 1.5 hours.
Day 09: Shigatse-Tashilhunpo Monastery-Lhasa (3,650 meters)
Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet and we will visit the famous Tashilhunpo Monastery located on the slope of Nyima Mountain, very close to the city. The monastery is founded by the 1st Dalai Lama, the eighth disciple of Tsong Khapa (the founder of Gelugpa Sect in Tibetan Buddhism). Since 1600, the monastery has become the seat of successive Panchen Lamas because the 4th Panchen became the 16th seat of the monastery. Tashilhunpo Monastery has the world’s largest statue of Future Buddha, Maitreya. From the 14th to 16th day in the fifth month of Tibetan Calendar, the monastery will hold Buhhda Unfolding Festival and display Amitayus, Sakyamuni and Maitreya Buddha representing the past, present and future Buddha day by day on the display platform, which is the only Buddha display platform in all Gelugpa monasteries. When finishing the visit, we will drive back to Lhasa for about 5-6 hours.
Day 10: Lhasa Free Day
Today is free day to relax and walk around market and see the sarrounding area of Lhasa, explore the street, city & monasteries. This day can be used for your personal purposes.
Day 11: Final Departure
Free until airport or train reporting time. After that drop off to airport or train station for final departure.